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Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant  Will County Executive

I am honored to serve as your Will County Executive. As a lifelong resident of this great county, I have witnessed many changes as we have evolved from an ag-community to a major hub in the global distribution market.  I am dedicated to building upon this status but I am equally dedicated to maintaining the quality of life for the nearly 700,000 residents and thousands of businesses and organizations that call Will County home. 

Please explore our website which is filled with important information about services and departments within the County Executive office as well as connections to other county officials’ websites.

Will County is diverse, vibrant, and filled with hard-working people. We have room to grow and we look forward to a great future. 
 

 

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Grundy County Sheriff to offer Safe Passage program
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Grundy County Sheriff to offer Safe Passage program

Other police departments in the county plan to join network

Last Thursday, Dr. Kathleen Burke, director of Substance Use Initiatives in the Office of Will County Executive Larry Walsh, met with officers from the Grundy County Sheriff’s Department and several other local municipalities in Grundy County to provide an overview of the Will County Safe Passage Network. The Grundy County Sheriff’s office is the latest agency to offer this to help meet the growing need for treatment for opioid use.

Will County created a Safe Passage Network in 2017 at the request of the police chiefs from three departments - Lockport, Mokena and Lemont. The initial pilot revealed challenges that were addressed before expanding the program to other law enforcement agencies in Will County. The network has grown to include Braidwood, Romeoville, New Lenox, Shorewood and the Sheriff’s department.

Grundy County Sheriff Ken Briley reached out to Dr. Burke because of Will County’s expertise. Grundy County officials reported a jump in overdose deaths from three in 2017 to 17 in 2018. This dramatic increase prompted Briley to take action.

“This was an important priority for me when I was elected Sheriff of Grundy County,” said Briley, who was elected in November 2018. “As a police officer in Minooka, I saw firsthand the impact of heroin and fentanyl abuse. I knew we had to find a way to help people struggling with addiction, not just arrest them. I asked one of my deputies Vic Elias to find out more about Will County’s program.”

The Will County Safe Passage Network is working with Family Guidance Centers, Inc. to provide a critical link to treatment available to the police departments 24 hours a day. This partnership allows a licensed counselor to determine the appropriate treatment needed and connect the participant with the proper care.

According to Burke, this solution resolved Will County’s biggest challenge – accessing care for individuals with no insurance or Medicaid.

“When I explained this to Grundy County they were relieved because this was a barrier they were anticipating,” Burke said.

“We used Will County’s Program Development Policy Guide & Toolkit to quickly develop our Safe Passage program,” Briley said. “I am very thankful to Dr. Burke and Family Guidance Center for helping us to offer this service to our residents. In the end, it is about saving lives and getting people into treatment.”

“It takes everyone working together to reduce the number of overdose deaths,” Burke said. “We are anxious to replicate this program in police departments all over Will County. This model is not a burden on police resources”.

The Will County Safe Passage Network is a citizen self-referral system. Drug-involved individuals are encouraged to initiate contact with law enforcement without fear of prosecution, and an immediate treatment referral is made with the assistance of behavioral health experts and trained officers. Individuals who have no health insurance may be provided financial assistance for treatment or other services when available.

For information about the Grundy County Safe Passage program, contact Vic Elias in the Sheriff’s department at (815) 942-6645 or (815) 942-0336. Information about the Will County Safe Passage Network can be obtained by contacting Dr. Kathleen Burke at (815) 774-7486.
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NOTICE: VIRTUAL MEETING INFORMATION FOR MARCH 3, 2021 HISTORIC PRESERVATION COMMISSION

In accordance with Tier 1 mitigation efforts instituted for Region 7, the March 3, 2021 Will County Historic Preservation Commission meeting will be held via videoconference/telephonically through the Webex Events platform. The meeting begins at 7:00pm. While the Will County Office Building located at 302 N. Chicago St., Joliet will be open, a limited number of people will be allowed inside which includes staff, Commissioners, applicants, and the public. Applicants and the public are encouraged to participate remotely by attending the virtual meeting, submitting comments before the meeting via email, or calling in during the meeting.

ATTEND REMOTELY: Go to https://willcountyillinois.webex.com/willcountyillinois/onstage/g.php?MTID=e5f75020b4e77ccea2b062d11ac5f69a9 and click "Join Now.”

EMAIL COMMENTS: Public comments will be taken via email in advance of the meeting. Please email hpc@willcountyillinois.com with your comments. Your email will be read into the record during the March 3 meeting by Land Use Department staff.

PHONE COMMENTS: Public comments can be made during the meeting by calling (408) 418-9388 and entering access code 187 875 5392. 

The agenda is available for download here: http://willcountyil.iqm2.com/citizens/calendar.aspx?view=calendar& 

Please note that should you call into the meeting or join remotely, you will be muted upon entering by the host. You will be unmuted at the appropriate time to make a comment.

For further information regarding this notice, please contact the Will County Land Use Department, Development Review Division at (815) 740-8140.

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NOTICE: VIRTUAL MEETING INFORMATION FOR MARCH 3, 2021 HISTORIC PRESERVATION COMMISSION

In accordance with Tier 1 mitigation efforts instituted for Region 7, the March 3, 2021 Will County Historic Preservation Commission meeting will be held via videoconference/telephonically through the Webex Events platform. The meeting begins at 7:00pm. While the Will County Office Building located at 302 N. Chicago St., Joliet will be open, a limited number of people will be allowed inside which includes staff, Commissioners, applicants, and the public. Applicants and the public are encouraged to participate remotely by attending the virtual meeting, submitting comments before the meeting via email, or calling in during the meeting.

ATTEND REMOTELY: Go to https://willcountyillinois.webex.com/willcountyillinois/onstage/g.php?MTID=e5f75020b4e77ccea2b062d11ac5f69a9 and click "Join Now.”

EMAIL COMMENTS: Public comments will be taken via email in advance of the meeting. Please email hpc@willcountyillinois.com with your comments. Your email will be read into the record during the March 3 meeting by Land Use Department staff.

PHONE COMMENTS: Public comments can be made during the meeting by calling (408) 418-9388 and entering access code 187 875 5392. 

The agenda is available for download here: http://willcountyil.iqm2.com/citizens/calendar.aspx?view=calendar& 

Please note that should you call into the meeting or join remotely, you will be muted upon entering by the host. You will be unmuted at the appropriate time to make a comment.

For further information regarding this notice, please contact the Will County Land Use Department, Development Review Division at (815) 740-8140.

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